Our Badger Paddle Finishes


Hand-Rubbed Oil Finish

Our canoe paddles are individually hand-rubbed for a smooth, quality finish.  We offer both our special mixture passed down from Great Grampa Badger and/or our


Our all natural BADGER® Wood Oil (our standard finish) is made from 100% hemp seed oil.  It has no harsh fumes and is even food safe.  That means you can use our BADGER® Wood Oil oil on your paddles, canoe gunwales, wooden thwarts, etc., without the worry of harming the environment (including the lakes and rivers you paddle) or the health & safety of your family. Click here for more information about our ALL NATURAL OIL for paddles, gunwales and more.

Our specially formulated wood oil (special order finish) is an oil based formula that includes some varnish properties in order to help better protect and seal the wood - without losing the features of an oiled paddle.

For maintenance on all our oiled canoe paddles, we recommend using our BADGER® Wood Oil - 100% hemp seed oil. If you do not have any BADGER® Wood Oil available to you, then a fine quality tung oil finish or boiled linseed oil can also be used to maintain the oiled finish on a BADGER® Paddle.

Besides being more traditional, oil offers protection for the wood by penetrating it - while reducing the slip factor that a varnish finish usually has when wet.  Some people have even reported lessoned discomfort from blisters when using an oil finished paddle.

We also find that maintaining an oiled paddle is fairly simple and you don’t need special skills or equipment to preserve an oiled finish.  Easier to maintain then a varnish finish, oil can even be applied right at your campsite.

Our special order hand-rubbed varnish finish gives a canoe paddle a bit of old-time character and a softer feel, over and above the usual standard varnish finish seen on most paddles. We hand-rub our varnished blades as our unique specialty.

After being given 3 - 5 coats of marine quality varnish, the hardened finish is given a special buffing treatment by hand.

A  hand-rubbed varnish finish still has all the protective qualities of regular varnish but with a softer and more smooth feel to the touch.

For more information on our hand-rubbed varnish finish, please visit Badger’s Blog:  Maintenance Tips.

Because we believe in oil’s superior comfort qualities, we only varnish the blades of our paddles and oil the shaft of the paddle (starting at the neck) and the grip.  However, we are able to do a fully varnished paddle if requested, similar to our WaterColours™ finish but without the colour!

Our 100% All Natural Paddle & Gunnel Oil* (now labeled  as Badger® Wood Oil) is available for purchase at a number of locations.

Please contact Mike for more details or for dealer inquiries.


Another unique finish to Badger :: WaterColours™

Our vibrant colour tints are water-based, non-toxic and fun!

Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, Turquoise and other variations available.  No two alike!

Originally made for Kids ‘N Cubs, it was not long before we were making our WaterColours™ for adults too! Badger WaterColours™ are a unique way for paddlers to express themselves through their gear.

After being tinted by hand, our Badger WaterColours™ are given 3 - 5  coats of marine quality varnish to ensure years of protection and use.

Please note the depth of colour within a piece or between paddles will vary due the natural variations in wood.

Available in Cub or adult sizes, WaterColours™ are made from Poplar, Tulip, Ash or Maple.

For more information on Badger WaterColours™ please visit Badger’s Blog, email us or contact a Badger Retailer near you.

Hand-Rubbed Varnish Finish

Badger® WaterColours™

please visit our Blog or
Paddle Maintenance Tips,
including a short video on how to varnish a wood canoe paddle at home..


*Note: Sometimes our eco-finish does require two coats minimum of our Badger Wood (Hemp) Oil mixed with a dryer or varnish/spirits to help speed up drying time for production purposes.